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[348] powder which the perspiration spread over their features, yelling and firing in the very faces of the intrenched enemy. General Cabell himself ascended the parapet with his men, and at arm's length from him a Federal officer cried, ‘Shoot that rebel officer!’ The general, saber drawn and practiced in wielding it, instantly cut him down with a stroke that must have been mortal. J. H. Bullock, adjutant of the Eighteenth Arkansas, who had left his plantation in Chicot county a private, displayed a sublime courage at the side of his commanding general, careless of the fact that his clothing was riddled by the bullets of the enemy. He was saved as if by a miracle from wounds and death, while his gallant colonel, J. H. Daly, leading his men, was mortally wounded in that sheet of fire and lead which no troops could withstand. Lieut. J. H. Berry (now United States senator) lost a leg. Capt. W. M. Parrish, who took command of the regiment, and was wounded, was promoted for gallantry on the field. Lieuts. John B. Walker and R. S. Winfrey were wounded. Of 300 men of the Eighteenth who went into battle, only 45 escaped unhurt. Capt. Daniel W. Jones (now governor) was shot through the body and left for dead, but survived a prisoner.

In an account of this battle, Gen. W. S. Rosecrans has written:

It was about as good fighting on the part of the Confederates as I ever saw. Their columns were plowed through and through by our shot, but closed up and moved solidly until forced back. Just after the assault for the first time I heard the word ‘ranch.’ Passing over the field on our left, among the dead and dying, I saw leaning against the root of a tree, a wounded lieutenant of an Arkansas regiment who had been shot through the foot. I offered him some water. He said, ‘I thank you, General, one of your men just gave me some water.’ I said, ‘Whose troops are you?’ He replied, ‘Cabell's.’ I said, ‘It was pretty hot fighting there.’ He answered, ‘Yes, General, you licked us good, but we gave you the best we had in the ranch!’

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